We started this business 3 years ago and there were only a handful of people making art out of barrels. Now there are bunches of people making things left and right. A few of them even dog us on their websites and pages. That's fine with us. The quality of our work, attention to detail and passion for bourbon, barrels, art and integrity is what matters.
We use each and every part of the barrel down to the sawdust. We make each and every piece by hand. Design, hand sanding, nailing, wood burning, everything. That is what sets us apart. No one does what we do, how we do it.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We are flattered to death. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for standing behind us.
Bardstown, Kentucky is invaded by 50,000+ every September by people from all over the world to celebrate our native spirit. Throughout the week we had a barrel head with our new logo sitting on a table and asked that people sign it with their name and where they were from.
Our week started on Thursday at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Mary Ellyn Hamilton, curator, has graciously hosted us for two years. We, in turn, donate items for the Master Distiller's Auction which is the museum's major fundraiser for the year. While we were setting up a rather famous Kentuckian came by to say hello. Col. Michael Masters, aka "The Kentucky Bourbon Master" who has written several books on Kentucky hospitality, heritage and history. We also got to meet his beautiful wife, Margaret Sue. For more information on the Michael and Margaret Sue, visit www.kentuckybourbonhouse.com.
Another highlight from Thursday was a 20 minute visit with Jimmy Russell and his wife. Jimmy is the Master Distiller at Wild Turkey. I can't tell you what a thrill it was hearing some of the old stories. One of the most interesting was that his wife worked at the distillery before he did and encouraged him to get a job there.
Friday, Adam Harris, North American Brand Ambassador for Jim Beam stopped by and Friday night we went by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace that just opened on West Flaget downtown Bardstown. DeeDee and Howard are fabulous hosts and it seems everyone loves the bar Jeff made for the tasting room. The bar top was made from wood planks recovered from the floor of the kitchen of the building built in the 1820's and wood flooring found in the attic. It is truly a piece of art complete with wormholes.
Saturday was the Master Distiller's Auction and the black tie event, The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting and Gala where we got to chat with Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, Representative Rob Taylor of Iowa, Willie Pratt of Michter's, and Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, just to name a few.
Sunday went by in a blur but the bloody mary's from Bloody Kentucky helped get us through the day. We also had a drawing for one of our Garden Benches made from authentic bourbon barrel staves. The winner is Stacie M. from Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
We are blessed beyond words to be doing what we love. Can't wait until next year!
Example of the Garden Bench for the Giveaway.
Our friends at Dish on Market (434 W Market St Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 315-0669) were updating the entrance to their restaurant and gave us a call to help them figure out their new hostess stand. Here is really bad picture of the big girl in her new home. Once we get better photos we'll post them. When you visit Dish ask for Anderson and you absolutely MUST order the Rueben Egg Rolls!!
The Happy Valley Bluegrass Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this past weekend. We just happen to be friends with the family ever since Jeff and Mike Schwegman drank a little shine together on our first visit to the valley 4 years ago. The barrel head we did for them was a complete surprise and worth every minute of subterfuge. It's hard to get 3000 people to sign a barrel head but we managed to get most of the family and lots of friends to sign it.
Go to www.happyvalleybluegrass.com for more info on the festival. Hope to see you there next year!
Private Residence, Louisville, KY. You know you want one!!
The Runway for the Roses is one of the first events kicking off Kentucky Derby season in Louisville. Such an exciting time in this little town! We're even more excited because we are a sponsor of the event this year! The event benefits Horses for Hope, who provides training in horsemanship and therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities (physical, mental, emotional, speech, and learning) and for persons diagnosed with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are still available for the event. Go to www.nfocusmagazine.com for ticket information. Please also go to www.horsesforhope.org to help this great non-profit.